Pinza, Ezio

Pinza, Ezio

(āts`yō pēn`tsä), 1892–1957, Italian bass, b. Rome, studied at the Bologna Conservatory. After military service (1915–19), he resumed his operatic career in Rome, later singing at La Scala in Milan. In 1926 he was engaged by the Metropolitan Opera. There, in revivals of Mozart's Don Giovanni (1929) and The Marriage of Figaro (1939) and in Mussorgsky's Boris Godunov (1939), he achieved outstanding success. He also appeared on the New York stage in South Pacific (1949) and in motion pictures.
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Pinza, Ezio (b. Fortunio)

(1892–1957) bass; born in Rome, Italy. After gaining fame in Italy he became a favorite at the Metropolitan Opera from 1926 to 1948. He later appeared in Broadway shows and films including South Pacific.
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